Bedtime stories are a wonderful way to spend time with your kids before they go to sleep. It’s a bonding opportunity that sparks their imaginations and helps them to transition into a peaceful slumber. When we were younger, books were a great source for bedtime stories. Nowadays, we have some really creative, cool apps to read to our children. So, check out our list of the best bedtime story apps for the iPad and enjoy these colorful, immersive and interactive stories.
The best bedtime story apps for iPad
1 Aug 2017, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
Classics such as Beauty and the Best, Ugly Duckling, and Gingerbread Man take a new life in this interactive app for kids. Users can choose the "Read to me" or "I'll read by myself" modes. The audio version features a professional voiceover that will soothe and calm children as they gently drift off into dream world. It's clear from the interface of this app that it was created with children in mind, as it features large buttons that are necessary for children's fingers that have yet to master motor control.
- Collection of 19 books
- Text and audio
- Interface tailored to children's fingers
- Professional voiceover suitable for bedtime
- Parent control
This app features some of the classic and most epic stories from around the world, so your child can travel to distant places, ending up in dreamland. Snow white to Little Mermaid, this app contains over 70 of some of the most vivid and wonderful fairy tales. Users have the choice to read each story or listen to it. Each story costs $0.99 but an in-app purchase of $12.99 can get you all the stories. Every week, the app is updated with new stories by the developers, hence retaining novelty that is necessary to keep children engaged.
- Listen or read
- Stories from around the world
- More than 70 fairy tales
- Weekly updates with new stories
- All stories for $12.99
A magical free app, The Showmaker and the Elves book is a must-have in your children's app collection. Not only does it feature a cool storyline and vivid animation, it also has interactive features, which make it deeply engaging for children. Like many other story apps, this one too has audio as well as text options, but stories can be read either page-by-page or automatically through to the end by the voiceover.
- Free app
- Intricate storyline
- Beautiful illustrations
- Interactive aspects
- Text and voiceover options
This award-winning free children's app will not only serve as a bedtime story, but also teach them the importance of being physically and mentally healthy. The app constitutes a fairy tale which weaves in narratives of activities like yoga and the core value of friendship. The free app contains the first chapter, while the rest can be purchased through in-app purchases. "Grandma's cookbook" is another feature that contains a number of recipes that could constitute a balanced and healthy diet.
- Visually appealing
- 11 languages
- Voiceovers by professionals
- In-app cookbook
- Storyline that instills positive values
Step into the fascinating and magical story of Gulliver's Travels in Lilliput land, complete with interactive play, animation, and sound that give a rounded sensory experience for your child. This free app is supported by ads that can be removed through a $0.99 in-app purchase. As the name suggests, the illustrations are HD which really makes the story come alive. The auto-play mode can also be used, which reads the entire story out to users.
- Free ad-supported app
- Interactive features
- Thoughtful narration
- Animations on every page
- Auto-play for bedtime
This lovely bedtime game enables children to learn about the classic tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in a 28-page epic. Each of the scenes in the book comes with the lines, a jigsaw puzzle, and interactive events. Illustration within this app are hand-drawn, while the sound effects are pristine with professional narration. This provides a highly immersive experience to the little readers.
- 28 pages
- Tells a classic tale
- Interactive puzzles
- Hand-drawn illustrations
- Sound effects and narration
Although the name might put off many parents who developed an early aversion to math, they might be wise not to pass on their aversion to their children. To this end, Bedtime Math is a fantastic app to introduce to children as a part of their daily routine. Aside from a Math Problem of the Day feature, the app includes an additional 1600 math problems that can be accessed at any time. The game features 3 levels to suit many age groups, and an additional "The Sky's the Limit" section for grown-ups who are willing to test their skills
- Introduce math into children's daily lives
- Make math fun
- Math Problem of the Day
- Over 1600 math problems
- 4 challenge levels suitable for children and adults
This is a simple, no frills app which caters specifically to children between 1 and 5. It consists of ten classic stories with moral lessons which can be useful to learn early on. Two categories of five stories are featured, with one from each category available in the free version. The lovely illustrations, animations, and interactive tidbits make the full version worthwhile! The remainder of both packs can be purchased at $1.99 each.
- For children aged 1 to 5
- Classic tales with moral lessons
- Free app with two sample stories
- Bundled stories for a small fee
- Interactive tidbits
Steam Train, Dream Train delivers a mesmerizing story of polar bears and tortoises and kangaroos - among other wildlife - as they embark on a train ride together. The app includes animated photos by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld, which although aimed for ages 4-8, would appeal to all age groups. The app also comes with a voiceover recorder where parents or children may record themselves narrating the story.
- Award-winning app
- For ages 4-8
- Voiceover recorder
- Scene selection
- Parental controls
Bulbul is a unique app that contains a multitude of interactive stories complete with rhymes and animations from creative folks across the planet. This is an ad-free app, which works on a subscription model. The first 30 days are free, after which the monthly subscription fee is just $0.99. Stories are designed with a focus on developing skills such as reading, writing, listening, social skills, and problem solving.
- Stories from creators all over the world
- Frequent additions
- Free app for 30 days
- Nominal monthly subscription
- Facilitates the development of multiple skills